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Carl Boyd, eminent scholar emeritus and Louis I. Jaffe professor emeritus of history at Old Dominion University, is expected to be among the scholars interviewed on The History Channel program "Japan's Atomic Bomb," airing at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16.

The program offers a revealing look at the untold story of Japan's atomic bomb, and how the Japanese may have detonated a nuclear device just two days before their surrender in August 1945. Since the end of World War II, conventional wisdom claimed that Imperial Japan was years away from building an atomic weapon. This program shatters that view using once-secret Japanese wartime documents. The show provides evidence that Japan had world-class nuclear physicists, access to uranium ore and cyclotrons to process it.

The air date for the program was delayed when interview subjects from North Korea -- eyewitnesses of the Japanese atomic bomb program -- embargoed some interviews, forcing a radical reshaping of the show. More information is available on the Web at http://www.historychannel.com/global/listings/episode_detail_date.jsp?asof=08%2F16%2F2005+08%3A00PM&page=search.

This article was posted on: August 8, 2005

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